According to the 1910 Census Douglas was listed as a Lutheran Clergyman. He was married to Bessie I. His own unhappy experience of filming prompted Douglas when he produced The Big FiLloyd C. Douglasrman as the sequel to The Robe to stipulate that The Big FiLloyd C. Douglasrman would be his last novel and that he would not permit it to be made into a motion picture used over the radio condensed or serialised.
From 1911 to 1915 he was director of religious work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The next six years he was minister of The First Congregational Church in Ann Arbor Michigan from there moving to Akron Ohio and serving as the Sr. They had two children: Bessie J.